Australia Day


On Australia Day we come together as a nation to celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian. Australia Day is the biggest day of celebration in the nation.

On Australia Day we celebrate the things that make our country great: the people, the land, our diversity, our sense of a fair go, our lifestyle and our freedoms. We reflect on our national journey. We commit to making our country even better in the future.


Australia Day Awards


The Australia Day Committee are now calling for nominations for the various Australia Day Awards. These awards recognise and honour the outstanding achievements of Australians.  Shire residents and organisations are asked to support these awards by nominating members of their community in appreciation of their efforts. Award categories are:

  • Citizen & Young Citizen of the Year

  • Cultural & Junior Cultural – Artist and/or Arts Worker

  • Volunteer of the Year

  • Junior & Senior Sportsperson

  • Sports Coach, Official and/or Administrator

  • Community Group or Team

  • Community Event of the Year

The nomination form can be found here and hard copies are available from Council's Customer Service Centres and Libraries.

Nominations close on Friday 30th November 2018.

Nominations have been extended to close at 5pm on Wednesday 12th of November 2018.

The winners will be announced and awards presented at the Australia Day celebrations. Please note that the requirement for nominees to sign the nomination form is to ensure that Council have documented consent to release an individual's personal information in line with requirements under the Information Privacy Act 2009 and the Queensland Right to Information Act 2009. Further information in relation to the awards can be obtained by contacting Council's Customer Service on (07) 4992 9500.


Photography Competition


To help celebrate Australia Day 2019 in Thangool, The Banana Shire Council invites Banana Shire residents* to enter a photography competition responding to the theme ‘Banana Shire – Old and New’

We want photos that celebrate and share what you think it means to live in our beautiful country. Entrants have the chance to share in $380 worth of prizes!

Download the detailed
'Entry Conditions' and 'Entry Form'.



Australia Day 2018 - Goovigen


Congratulations to the Goovigen community on hosting a great Australia Day for 2018. The morning celebrations in the hall drew an exceptional crowd and great numbers continued on to support the activities at the Recreation Grounds.


View the list of Winners for the 2018 Awards

View the list of Nominees and Winners

View the Summaries of Nominees and Winners

View the 2018 Photography Competition Winning Entries

Brendan Beahan Gabrielle Byrne

2018 Citizen of the Year, Brendan Beahan with Mayor Nev Ferrier   

2018 Young Citizen of the Year, Gabrielle Byrne with Council's Arts & Cultural Officer, Shanna Muston


Photography Competition - 1st place - Open Section - 'Sundance' by Kathryn Heading